Supplemental Logging and Securefiles Causing DBWn to Block

A few weeks back, we began making changes to prepare for using Oracle Golden Gate. One of the first steps required is to enable "minimal supplemental logging" at the database level. We did this during an evening maintenance window. However by the time the morning workload picked up, we started seeing a lot of sessions blocking, and the root blocker was one of the DB Writer (DBWn) processes.

Looking at the blocked sessions, a query (more...)

Migrating (and Upgrading!) Your EM12c Repository Database

This week I migrated our EM12c repository database to a new server as part of it's promotion to production status. Just to make it a little more exciting, the migration also involved an in-flight upgrade from to Much of this post is directly inspired by Martin Bach's post on the same subject. I ran into a few other snags that weren't mentioned so I thought it would (more...)

ORA-00600 [kkzlpllg:5] When Dropping MView Log

This week a co-worker and I have been doing some rapid-fire testing to improve fast-refresh performance on an old materialized view, which does some summary aggregations on a 1.9 billion row (and growing) master table. One of the things we tested was using the new-in-11gR2 COMMIT SCN feature. There is a great blog post describing the benefits of this feature by Alberto Dell'Era. To quickly summarize and over-simplify, it provides a much faster way (more...)

Battling Bigfile Backup Bottlenecks

Last Friday I kicked off a database backup to an NFS destination, using the standard "backup as compressed backupset database" syntax. Loyal readers of this blog may recall that I'm the proud custodian of a 25 Tb database, so this backup normally takes a few days, with an expected completion on Monday morning. However it was still running on Wednesday, and reviewing the logs I saw that there was just 1 channel (of the original (more...)

Why Is My MView Log Not Purging?

A few weeks ago we saw one of our tablespaces growing at a rate much higher than the others. Taking a look we saw that the biggest users of space were two materialized view logs, one being 110 Gb and the other 60 Gb. These logs were in place to facilitate the fast refresh of two materialized views, one for each log/table. These materialized views did some aggregations (sum) throughout the day on some important (more...)

What to Expect When You’re Changing the DB_UNIQUE_NAME

I recently had to change the db_unique_name of a database to make it jive with our typical database/DataGuard naming policy of appending the datacenter location. For the sake of this post let's say it was changed from ORCL to ORCL_NYC, since this database is in our fictional New York City datacenter.

I did a quick set of tests and thought I'd share the findings to save anyone any unpleasant surprises. Here are the things to (more...)

Oracle Direct NFS and Infiniband: A Less-Than-Perfect Match

Readers of an earlier post on this blog will know about my latest forays into the world of Direct NFS. Part of that means stumbling over configuration hiccups or slamming into brick walls when you find new bugs.

To quickly re-set the table, my organization purchased the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance (ZFSSA) 7420. Oracle sold us on the Infiniband connectivity as a way to make a possible future transition to Exadata easier. However the pre-sales (more...)

The Danger of Moving Incrementally Updated Datafile Copies

When I sat down at my desk yesterday morning I was greeted with some disturbing email alerts notifying me that one of the NFS mounts on my standby database host was full. This was the NFS mount that held an image copy of my database that is updated daily from an incremental backup. The concept and an example can be found in the documentation. With a 25Tb database, waiting to restore from backups is not (more...)

My Latin American Tour in March

At March I will be presenting my very successful seminar “Mastering Backup and Recovery” in some countries of Latin America for the very first time. Thank you Panama, Chile and Brazil OUGs for inviting me to your amazing countries! Please, use the following links for registration and also to find more information about the seminar: […]

Join me at the next OTN Virtual Developer Day

    Hi All, On February 4, 2014 at 9:30 am PT I will be talking on the next OTN Virtual Developer Day about Oracle VM and Oracle Database. Come and discover the answers for the following questions: Does an Oracle Database perform well on a virtualized environment? What virtualization technology is more stable and […]

“enq: TX – contention” on SELECT with a large buffer cache and 2PC

Note: The following is based on testing with (I believe same issue exists within other Oracle versions).

I recently worked on an interesting problem relating to the “enq: TX – contention” wait event. There are a number of reasons for the wait but the most common (more...) v$sqlstats.last_active_time stops changing and breaks AWR

My site uses a 3rd party SQL monitoring tool which collects data based on the Oracle view v$sqlstats.  The tool collects data for all sql statements which have been executed since the previous collection using the last_active_time column. A few months ago we noticed (after an upgrade to 11g) we (more...)

Index Clustering Factor finally more realistic

I just stumbled upon this bug reference on My Oracle Support:

Bug 13262857  Enh: provide some control over DBMS_STATS index clustering factor computation

This enhancement was long due. Previously, when computing the clustering factor during gathering statistics, the value was incremented, whenever the row was not found in the same block as the previous row. Now, it is finally possible to determine how many blocks should be considered when computing clustering factor. The patch delivers an improved DBMS_STATS package body that can be used to set preferences with value TABLE_CACHED_BLOCKS.

The flaw in the over-simplistic and pessimistic original computation was (more...) Strange statistic, large transactions, dirty buffers and “direct path read”


I recently investigated an IO performance “spike” on a large transactional system and I thought I would cover some interesting issues found. I am going to take the approach of detailing the observations made from our production and test systems and avoid attempting to cover how other versions of Oracle behave. The investigation also uncovers a confusing database statistic which we are currently discussing with Oracle Development so they can decide if this is an Oracle coding bug or a documentation issue.

The initial IO issue

We run a simple home grown database monitor which watches database wait events and sends an email alert if it detects either a (more...)

When a Query runs slower on second execution – a possible side effect of cardinality feedback

After a successful migration from Oracle 10gR2 to Oracle 11gR2, I observed a very odd behavior executing a query; On first execution the query run fast - means 0.3 s; On second not faster but with tremendous reduced speed - approximate 20 s; Now this behavior is the opposite I experienced with complex queries (lot of joins, lot of predicates) , the first time of execution needs the extra cost of hard parsing and disk reads if the data is not in cache. the second time even the query run initial several seconds it run in a fraction of (more...)

¿Cómo mover ocr y vdisk a nuevo disk array?

No hace mucho, uno de mis clientes inició el proceso de migración de su disk storage system, desde EMC CX4 hacia EMC VNX. Ellos tienen sus bases de datos operando con Oracle RAC, por lo que siguieron el procedimiento de agregar LUNs del nuevo EMC VNX en los diskgroups de datos, para luego retirar los LUNs del antiguo EMC CX4, aprovechando el rebalanceo automático que hace ASM al agregarle y (more...)

Brief note on ADF 11gR2 installation

The certified application server and ADF combinations for ADF 11.1.2.x.x are available here.

We need to follow the 

Exadata Smart Flash Logging Explained

I’ve seen some posts on the blogosphere where people attempt to explain (or should I say guess) how Exadata Smart Flash Logging works and most of them are wrong. Hopefully this post will help clear up some the misconceptions out there.

The following is an excerpt from the paper entitled “Exadata Smart Flash Cache Features and the Oracle Exadata Database Machine” that goes into technical detail on the Exadata Smart Flash Logging feature.

Smart Flash Logging works as follows. When receiving a redo log write request, Exadata will do
parallel writes to the on-disk redo logs as well (more...)

Oracle 11gR2 on RHEL6

Just a quick note to say that RedHat submitted certification test result of Oracle 11gR2 on RHEL6 to Oracle Corporation on 09-Aug-2011, so we should expect the formal certification around last week of Sep-2011.

More news at -

[Update: 17-Apr-2012]

Oracle has finally certified 11gR2 on OEL6 and RHEL6. See the announcement here

Filed under: 11gR2, Linux, Oracle

How to Move OCR and Voting Disk to ASM Diskgroup in 11gR2

Case: Moving to Redhat Linux 5/Oracle Enterprise Linux 5, which does not support Raw filesytem. Steps: (these steps can be performanced on 11gR2) 1.) Check the current location of ocr file:
[root@host1 bin]# ocrcheck
Status of Oracle Cluster Registry is as follows :
	 Version                  :          3
	 Total space (kbytes)     :     262120
	 Used space (kbytes)      :       3004
	 Available space (kbytes) :     259116
	 ID                       :  798462606
	 Device/File Name         : /mnt/cludata/ocrfile
                                    Device/File integrity check succeeded
                                    Device/File not configured
                                    Device/File not configured
                                    Device/File not configured
                                    Device/File not configured
	 Cluster registry integrity check succeeded
	 Logical corruption check succeeded
2.) Add a Mirror OCR (more...)